With Jonathan Barnes’ 42-yard field goal, Louisiana Tech has scored on the opening drive in all eight games this season.
With a 44-24 victory over FIU, Louisiana Tech is now 5-3 overall and 3-1 in Conference USA play, tied for first place in the Western Division.
LA Tech leads the all-time series with FIU, 3-0.
LA Tech’s first touchdown of the night came on a six yard carry by Ryan Higgins with 2:36 remaining in the first quarter.
Kam McKinight recorded his team-leading sixth rushing touchdown of the season on a four-yard carry with 13:19 remaining in the second quarter. The score put LA Tech ahead 17-3.
With 12 seconds remaining in the first half, Higgins found Trent Taylor for a 26-yard score, pushing the LA Tech lead to 27-10. The touchdown gives Taylor nine receiving touchdowns this season which ties a career high.
Higgins found Kam McKnight on a play-action bootleg for a one-yard touchdown score with 3:23 remaining in the third quarter. LA Tech’s lead was extended to 34-17.
With six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Carlos Henderson took a kickoff 92 yards for the touchdown. With the touchdown, LA Tech led 44-24.
Trent Taylor became just the fourth player in Louisiana Tech history to register 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons.
Kam McKnight recorded his first career touchdown reception in the third quarter.
Ryan Higgins now has 24 passing touchdowns on the season, which ranks nine in program history for touchdowns in a single-season.
Ryan Higgins now has 31 career passing touchdowns, which ranks ninth in program history for passing touchdowns in a career.
Trent Taylor now has 3,519 career receiving yards which ranks seventh in Conference USA history. His 29 career touchdown receptions ranks 10th in C-USA history.
Trent Taylor now has 86 receptions for the season and 277 career receptions. The 277 career receptions ranks second in Louisiana Tech history, putting him just four receptions away from breaking the program record of 280 set by Troy Edwards. The 86 receptions in a season ranks seventh in LA Tech history for receptions in a single-season.
With a touchdown catch tonight, Taylor tied his career high with nine touchdowns on the season.
Carlos Henderson returned a kickoff for a touchdown for the first time since his freshman season in 2014.
Trent Taylor had 11 receptions in the contest, the tenth time he has caught ten passes or more in a game. It is the seventh time in the past ten games, Taylor has reached the ten-catch mark in a game.
Trent Taylor eclipsed the 100-receiving yard mark for the 16th time in his career which ranks second in Bulldog history.
After allowing an FIU field goal on the Panthers opening drive, the Bulldog defense forced three-and-outs from the FIU offense on four consecutive drives.
Cedric Johnson recorded his first career sack for a loss of seven yards on third and seven during the second quarter.
Xavier Woods interception with four minutes remaining in the third quarter was the 13th of his career which moves him into fifth in program history for career interceptions.